National Guard teen Alyssa Cahoon dies after training at Fort Jackson



A 17-year-old National Guard soldier died after collapsing during military training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina last weekend, according to a report.

Alyssa Cahoon, who was a Private in the Pennsylvania National Guard, suffered the unknown medical episode during a training exercise Aug. 20, Fort Jackson officials told WLTX.

She was transported by Fort Jackson EMS to an off-base hospital, where she died Thursday.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family members and teammates of the deceased soldier,” said U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Commanding Officer Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis said in a statement.

“We are providing all the comfort and assistance we can to everyone involved.”

Cahoon was training with the 1st Battalion, 34th Regiment at Fort Jackson this summer with her twin sister, Brianna Cahoon, according to a Facebook post from the battalion.

Alyssa Cahoon and her twin sister Brianna, who were both training with the Pennsylvania National Guard at Fort Jackson officials.
1st Battalion 34th Regiment/Face

The twins were featured in a July 16 post that included a video of their rifle training.

An investigation into the cause of death is ongoing, military officials said.

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